What does a Marine Engine Technician (435B) do?

Marine Engine Technicians test, diagnose, inspect, repair, and maintain boat engines and associated boat handling and systems equipment to ensure their effective use and safe operation.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting performance codes and standards including manufacturer service manuals, parts bulletins, and technical updates
  • Inspecting, equipping, and operating pleasure craft according to Ministry of Transportation regulations
  • Selecting, operating, and maintaining hand, cutting, and pneumatic and electric power tools
  • Using and maintaining measuring devices including micrometers, calipers, gauges, straight edges, and dial indicators
  • Setting up and operating manual oxy-fuel equipment, MIG welding, and shielded metal arc welding equipment
  • Laying out and installing outboard and inboard engines; laying out, installing, and aligning stern drive engines and mechanical controls, fuel tanks, wiring, jet drive and hydraulic systems, controls, and instrumentation
  • Selecting, repairing, and replacing electrical wires and connectors
  • Maintaining, repairing (and removing, if required), disassembling, cleaning, and reconditioning engines and components to manufacturer specifications; performing tune-ups
  • Testing, maintaining, and repairing fuel and ignition systems, starting and charging systems, cooling systems, ventilating and exhaust systems, and steering and generating systems
  • Providing excellent customer service by providing honest feedback regarding vehicle condition, explaining repairs and costs, providing written statements of work performed, and effectively resolving complaints
  • Documenting work activities and writing operational reports
  • Acquiring an excellent theoretical and practical knowledge of electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical systems

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent; math, physics, and English credits an asset
  • High school students may benefit from Mining Specialist High Skills Major program
  • Completion of an apprenticeship, including 4,280 hours on-the-job and three 8-week blocks of in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Marine Engine Technician (435B)?

  • Full-time, 35-40 hours per week; evening/weekend/ overtime work common during peak periods
  • Work tends to be seasonal; increase year-round employability by seeking employment in winter recreational businesses (ski lift mechanic, snowmobile engine technician)
  • Employers include marine dealers, marine engine manufacturers, and independent repair shops

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn up to $26.00 per hour.


Marine Engine Technician (435B)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination, and enjoy working with different types of hand tools?
Do you have good reading, writing, mathematical, measuring and problem-solving skills?
Ability to inspect, diagnose and repair?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines? Are you able to lift up to 50 lbs?
Do you have a good working knowledge of boat engines? Both gasoline and diesel?
Can you read and understand blueprints and diagrams?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Can you start and finish work on time?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Marine Engine Technician (435B) may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Small Engine Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Industrial Millwright Mechanic

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